December ‘Connections’ Newsletter

Read the December “Connections” newsletter here.

Janet Shipp retired from her job in Covington almost a year ago and immediately jumped in to her lifelong love of libraries as a volulnteer at the Newport branch. Read all about Janet in this month’s “Connections” newsletter. Also in the December issue:

  • NKU professor Jonathan Cullick joins the library’s Board of Trustees.
  • Dr. Tonya Krouse of the NKU English Department discusses Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” in the final session of The 2019 Danny Miller Memorial “Let’s Talk About It” Lecture Series concludes at Cold Spring.
  • Let your young ones enjoy the spirit of the season at Jingle Babies at Carrico/Fort Thomas.
  • Check out the music, snacks and fun at Holiday Open House at Cold Spring and Carrico/Fort Thomas on Saturday, Dec. 7, and at Newport and Alexandria on Saturday, Dec. 14.
  • Ring in 2020 early, family style, on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Cold Spring and Newport.

Read about all that and more in the December issue of “Connections”.


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Let’s Talk About It

Unfortunately, the December Let’s Talk About It program has been canceled due to illness. The program will be rescheduled for February.

Please check in the coming weeks for the reschedule date.

Join us at our Cold Spring Branch to discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Discussion led by Dr. Tonya Krouse of the NKU English Department.

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NKU English professor Dr. Tonya Krouse will lead the discussion on Between the World and Me. Dr. Krouse is the author of multiple publications and critical essays:

  • Articles in Journal of Modern Literature, Doris Lessing Studies and The Virginia Woolf Miscellany
  • The Opposite of Desire: Sex and Pleasure in the Modernist Novel
  • Book chapters in The Golden Notebook after FiftyDoris Lessing: Interrogating the TimesAnalyzing Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Television Series; Launching Fanny Hill: Essays on the Novel and Its Influence; Virginia Woolf and Her Influences.

Between the World and Me

“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.” – Provided by publisher

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